HP announced several products in its Omen gaming line, including the brand new HP Omen 16 gaming laptop. It's a redesign of the HP Omen 15 that has now been updated with a bigger, better screen, the latest hardware under the hood, and some improvements to the overall look.
Other announcements include an updated Omen 17, a new mid-range gaming laptop brand called the HP Victus, and a new 25-inch Omen gaming monitor.
HP Omen 16 and 17
The main feature of the HP Omen 16 is the larger 16.1-inch screen, which HP says fits the size of a standard 15-inch case. It has a QHD (2560 x 1440) screen with 165 Hz and a response time of 3 ms, which fits some of the best gaming screens on laptops like the Razer Blade 15 and the MSI GS66 Stealth. Of course, 1080p panels are also available in the cheaper configurations.
There are some pretty thin bezels around the display, though the lower chin is still a bit larger. There is a new hinge under this lower bezel, which HP calls a "floating display".
Other aspects of the laptop, like the RGB per-key keyboard, full-size arrow keys, and the large touchpad, are unchanged from the previous Omen 15.
HP offers either an Intel or an AMD processor, paired with your choice from the Nvidia RTX 30 series, up to an RTX 3070 for a total of 115 watts. On the Intel side, you get an 11th generation Core i7-11800H, while the AMD configurations can be scaled to the Ryzen 9 5900HX.
HP is also offering a mysterious RDNA 2-based AMD graphics card for the Omen 15, although the company has not yet provided details.
The Omen 17, on the other hand, is what HP calls its “desktop-like” gaming laptop. It is of course always bigger, although the chassis has been slimmed down a bit compared to the previous year's model. The total volume is 8% smaller and this time 10.7% thinner.
The Omen 17 otherwise looks very similar to the Omen 16 and uses many of the same design features and styles. The keyboard is different, however. While the Omen 16 has standard rubber dome keys, the Omen 17 opts for optical switches that offer a response time of 0.2 ms and a key travel of 1.7 mm. The result should be a far more tactile keyboard.
Inside, the Omen has 17 options for up to an Nvidia RTX 3080. Reserving the high-end GPU for the larger laptop is an easy way to differentiate the two, but it also ensures that HP will give so much to this performance-hungry graphics card can airflow as possible.
Both systems have made some changes to offer a new under-the-hood thermal system known as Omen Tempest Cooling Technology. Both use a new fan that is two and a half times thinner than the Omen 15 and allows twice as many fan blades. According to HP, the Omen 16 will be 3.2 degrees cooler than before between the new fans and increased ventilation, while the Omen 17 will be 5 degrees cooler.
This is important when you consider the maximum total power of 165 watts that can be delivered to the RTX 3080.
The AMD version of the Omen 16 starts at $ 1,050, and the Intel model starts at $ 100 more. Meanwhile, the Omen 17 starts at $ 1,370. All new Omen laptops will be available from June.
HP also announced an entirely new line of gaming laptops under the brand name "Victus". It sits between budget-level HP Pavilion gaming systems and the flagship HP Omen in terms of pricing, performance, and design.
These Victus laptops have an entirely new industrial design and brand, which will no doubt be confusing for gamers trying to choose between this one and Omen. The design isn't quite as clean or sleek, and the system is a bit clunkier, too. Not as bad as the Pavilion laptops, of course, but these Victus laptops also sit somewhere in between.
The first laptop in the Victus lineup is a 16-inch gaming laptop.
It has a large touchpad, lots of ports and a number pad on the right.
It is also confusing to know which of these laptops to buy based on performance as well, as the Victus laptops can be configured up to an Nvidia RTX 3060, which moves into omen territory in terms of performance. It can also be as low as the MX450, which is almost insufficient to qualify as a gaming laptop. Although HP says the Pavilion laptops will continue to be supported, the Victus laptops certainly seem to be entering similar territory.
Of course, the Victus 16 gaming laptop offers options for an 11th generation Core i5 or Core i7 Intel processor. However, you can also go all-in on AMD and offer both Ryzen 5000 processors and an RX 5500M graphics card.
You can even opt for a 1440p display with a refresh rate of up to 165 Hz.
The AMD version of the Victus 16 will start at just $ 800 and arrive in June. Meanwhile, the Intel version will start at $ 850.